Archives for: July 2002
Yes. A neutral meat, poultry or fish has advantages over the grain and bean neutrals. Our digestive systems are better suited to the flesh food, nuts and vegetable categories than to the grain or bean groups.
These principles can be found in the text portions of the various books on the blood type diets. All neutrals are not equally useful. This applies within as well as across blood types. A meal of grilled chicken and red lettuce salad, for instance, is heavy fare for my type A nonsecretor man; for me, it feels like an appetizer. Yet these foods are neutral for both of us. And if I'd had some black beans instead of the chicken? As the Yorkshireman says, my belly'd be thinking my throat was slit.
Neutral cheeses are far nicer to Bs than to As. An AB might sail through till lunch on a breakfast of quinoa and mushrooms steamed in broth, but most Os couldn't last two hours on it.
It's interesting that many Os find better health through giving up grains and/or beans altogether, despite all the neutrals available. A similar situation occurs with some As and ABs who thrive on a vegetarian diet, although others quit grains and do perfectly well with neutral meats along with vegetables, nuts and fruit. Generally speaking, though, the text explanations combined with the portion and frequency tables offered in Live Right 4 Your Type
are the key to understanding how all those "neutrals" fit in the context of your whole diet.
This is my first article for Peter's site, and I thought I'd talk a bit about what I'd like to accomplish with it, and the kinds of questions I can be of most help with. I'll run this initial column page for a few days, and I'll begin answering questions this coming week.
Those of you who participated in our bulletin board project over the years are pretty familiar with me (although my portrait may come as a surprise). For newcomers, I've provided a brief bio.
What I'm not is a certified health practitioner in any field. I am a layperson with experience in helping others heal themselves through diet, focused stress release, and exercise.
A human being is so magnificently complex that healing may require unaccustomed self-exploration. After all, you are the person who knows you best, no matter what others (including me) may tell you. :-) If the answers given here do not show you a way out of your difficulty, please feel free to contact me privately. If I have more specific information that I feel may help you, I will offer it; if I don't, I will tell you. All personal health details revealed to me via email are kept confidential from every other person, without exception.
So, what do I hope to accomplish? World recognition of the blood type guidelines as the premiere basis for healthy living. :-D That should keep me busy!
Welcome to our spot in cyberspace, and I hope with all my heart that you will find here what you are looking for ~~ and perhaps more even than you had hoped.
Wishing you robust health and its joys,
The blood-thinning effects of that much vitamin E could potentiate other problems, and I don't suggest it for the symptoms you are experiencing.
Instead, consider the Congnitive Improvement Protocol in the Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia: Rhodiola rosea, 250 mg: 1-2 caps 2x daily; Thiamine hydrochloride (vit. B1), 50 mg: 1 cap 2x daily; Amla (Indian goooseberry): 250 mg: 1-2 caps 2x daily; and folic acid, 400mcg: 2 tablets daily. Phosphatidylserine is also an option, potentially highly effective but also quite expensive. The average dosage is two 100 mg caps daily.
Please let me know your results! take care, Jennifer! :-)
Hi, Judy! I'm sorry you're suffering!!
I think I can point you in the right direction, but I'd feel better if you could find a good BTD practitioner to work with you in person. Take a look at the Practitioner Registry and try your local health food stores and phone book for a lead.
First, you can design your own plan based on the nonsecretor diet. You know the bread, beans and soymilk shoot your sugar levels up. Get rid of them -- you don't need any of them to get all the nutrition you need. The soy (an avoid for nonsecretor Os) may be part of the cause of your cramping, as well. Cranberries, plums/prunes, blueberries or grapefruit should be the only fruits or juices you have, and very rarely for now. Monitor your reaction to them, and eliminate them if they pose trouble ~~ it won't be forever!
See if using vegetable glycerine (a tablespoon per day) will lower your sugar levels. Include a beneficial meat or fish at each meal -- three meals per day -- as well as a beneficial vegetable, especially the dark greens, pumpkin, carrots, winter squash (the neutral exception here), seaweeds, onions, garlic, hot peppers, and okra. Snack on walnuts and pumpkin seeds. Although flax is only neutral for us, the meal and the oil in combination with a bit of fish oil taken with meals can be of great help in regulating how you metabolize your food.
Eat dandelion greens and take the Taraxacum supp (250 mg, 2x per day), Bladderwrack (200 mg, 2x per day) and Deflect-O (2 caps with meals). Have some green tea to boost your antioxidant levels, if you can tolerate it. And if possible, include some nutritional yeast for B vitamins, and Phytocal-O to boost your mineral intake.
Judy, I sincerely believe you can use these guidelines to resolve your condition. It will be hard going for a while, as you'll need to be a little strict about focusing only on medicinal foods, but it will get easier as your body heals. Do take up your exercise program again, but gently! don't overburden or bore yourself with too-frequent repetitious strenuous workouts -- mix it up, take a walk today and lift weights tomorrow, then maybe a jog the day after, then a session on the rowing machine. Drink plenty of pure water. And let me know how you're faring! I COMMEND you for your efforts, and I know they'll pay off!!
Hello, Jan ~~ It's not uncommon to have to make small adjustments to the blood type diet guidelines, especially if one has a history of hypoglycemia as you do. It's also possible that you are a nonsecretor, in which case you would do better on a bit more meat and a bit less grain and sweet food than type B secretors.
Your breakfast indeed contained quite a bit of sugar, between the raspberries, jam, and rice syrup -- and eggs may not have the protein punch you need to balance out the bread carbs and the sugars.
I'd suggest using one of the lower-sugar fruits which are beneficial for either secretors or nonsecretors, such as grapefruit, plum/prune, blueberry or cranberry instead of raspberry in your MFC. Half an hour later, have your eggs with a little ground lamb or turkey burger, or a leftover piece of meat from dinner.
Get some vegetable glycerine (NOW and Heritage are two common brands) to use as sweetener in your tea. It is remarkable in that it tastes like liquid sugar, but actively helps stabilize blood sugar levels. It is fine for all types!
Have you tried your licorice tea alone, away from food? Sensitive folks have reported they do get a bit headachy from it. See if it affects you in that way, and use another herbal tea instead for a month or two if it does.
Hope this helps! and thank you so much for writing to me!
Hello, Eva! Sorry you had to wait so long.... but could you help me? I searched for any other questions from you, and came up with only one, below:
If you have others, please re-post them as they're not in my database. thanks!
Prepared foods like sausage are OK for us if all the ingredients are neutral or beneficial. If they are commercially packaged sausages, there is a risk that the meats used are not of the highest quality. Perhaps your butcher can make whatever sausage you want, from fresh cuts of meat and organic spices you provide? My butcher does this for me if I want cased sausage. I make my own sausage patties at home with fresh-ground meats and a few spices (sea salt, freshly ground pepper, thyme, paprika, garlic, fennel seed, cayenne). It is quick and can be adapted for any kind of meat or flavorings you'd like!
Calcium supplementation is not absolutely necessary, but it is advisable if you don't eat plenty of calcium-rich foods. Fucus is a helpful addition for weight loss and energy, but again not necessary. Do try to incorporate edible seaweeds like dulse, arame, wakame, hijiki, etc. into your diet. They provide beneficial polysaccharides, protein, and minerals (including calcium).
For the spider veins and couperose (also known as rosacea), strengthen the capillary walls with mineral-rich foods -- adding butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus), gotu kola (Centella asiatica) and horse chestnut extract(Aesculus hippocastus, the extract is "escin") in liquid or capsule form is highly effective for many people -- and avoid foods known for their inflammatory effects in type Os: wheat, coffee, alcoholic liquors, -- add to that list anything that you've discovered makes the condition worse for you. I also suggest taking quercetin, an inexpensive supplement usually derived from yellow onions. It is a great anti-inflammatory.
About chlorella ~ it is fine for all types, to my knowledge. It's simply a concentrated chlorophyll supplement. One of the food-based home remedies for heavy metal exposure is just a basic pesto sauce made with cilantro (coriander leaf), pumpkin seeds and garlic & olive oil. Pound them or put them in a blender together and adjust the proportions to your taste. :-) Add fresh basil if you like. LOTS of chlorophyll in this recipe!
Thank you for writing, Eva, and I hope this helps! My best to you and your husband!
I am trying to follow the ERFYT guidelines, due to two sisters dying in early fifties and I am 52 (female also; mother, father, and another brother died at 60). My blood pressure is slightly elevated but controled on 37.5 mg of Atenolol. I am 15 pounds overweight. I am exercising regularly, weight resistance and aerobic, but have a real hard time with food. Am trying to stay with the program but have a very hard time in the afternoon!
I have gone from 4 tablespoons of sugar in a single coffee to stevia in one cup each morning (decaf) campared to 6 cups a day with all that sugar x 6. I TEND TO HAVE ANXIETY THAT HAS COME ON AS MENOPAUSE HIT. WHAT CAN I EAT THAT IS NATURAL FOR A CALMING EFFECT ON MY SYSTEM? THANK YOU. ~ Pennie
Hi there, Pennie! You're having a real hard time with food, eh? It sounds like you've had a major victory with coffee, a terrible stumbling block for lots of Os!! In my humble opinion, you're doing beautifully, and deserve loud praise and a hearty pat on the back. Hey... maybe you're hungry in the afternoon because of all that exercise? Add a protein meal when the 3 or 4:00 blahs hit -- like a half portion of beef stew you've made & frozen. Or a couple of hard-boiled eggs with a drizzle of olive oil and a spray of fresh-ground pepper. I keep a couple of fish filets in a bit of olive oil and spice rub in bags in the fridge (replaced constantly, never more than one day old). If your workplace has a fridge and a microwave, it's better than most things you'd snack on in a sugar-pinch. If you're at home, just dump one in a pan, and grab a little salad. Instant protein gratification!
I understand that there's a lot of persuasive talk on the Net about supplements, especially calcium. Here's my view: How many of our ancient forbears munched on coral? It sounds silly to our modern minds, but the whole idea behind this diet plan and the supplements created to augment it is: food shall be your medicine. Peter's Phytocal products are based upon seaweeds that people have eaten for millennia, and will continue to eat. These are plants that re-grow at a speedy rate. Their harvesting does not reduce the potential supply, nor does it interfere with ocean ecosystems. And to address your specific concern, the absorption rate for these food-based mineral supplements is as high as any you will find. We are designed to eat sea vegetables. We are not coral-eating creatures. Using sea salt, seaweeds, and high-solids mineral water, along with foods high in calcium, will move you a long way toward optimal intake all by themselves.
The marketers of coral calcium supps would have you believe that vacuuming a reef involves no destruction of these delicate underwater ecosystems. I ask you: when you vacuum your rug, does your vacuum pick and choose what it will suck into the bag? Can it inhale the dirt, but spare the spider, so to speak? If you were vacuuming a reef, would your whoosher manage to pick up those heavy calcium droppings without also removing and destroying the much lighter organisms who inhabit and/or form the reef?
I urge anyone who cares about the health of this Earth and our own, to use sustainable food sources of calcium. :-}
End of speech!
Now, a couple of things that came to mind when you mentioned BTD -- I think you're in the U.S., so I just wanted to alert you that Live Right 4 Your Type and the ER4YT Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia have effective recommendations for stabilizing blood pressure and ensuring a smooth menopause transition. Maca root has a long history of levelling out hormonal surges, and is available from www.pennherb.com (my favorite) among other sites. I also wanted to mention the sweetener "vegetable glycerine" made by two companies I'm aware of, Heritage and NOW. This may prove more effective than stevia to curb your sweet tooth -- it actually helps normalize blood sugar levels, rather than throw them high and plunge them down, and it has an absolutely neutral "sugar" taste.
Don't be concerned for your lifespan because of how your family has fared. This is a different time, a different life, yours, and you are doing your utmost to prosper -- with tools they did not have. You will live a long time, dear. Do good, and do well ~ and share the joy. :-)
Dear Heidi, I'm a Type O non-secretor who had been a vegetarian (sometimes vegan) for 27 years, simply for health reasons which is pretty ridiculous looking back now considering that during that time I developed emphysema (non-smoker), breast cancer, had chronic migraines, could never get cholesterol under 200, and according to last two EKGs have had a silent myocardial infarction. The things that kept me alive I believe are that I never got overweight, maintained a steady exercise program through it all, ate almost totally organic, used some herbs that I've learned now are good for my type, and refused all the medical nightmares proposed for my ailments except a lumpectomy.
I seem to be doing well on the diet (4 months with 99% compliance) and now love my food, having initiated the diet in hopes of overcoming the migraines. Having eaten "strangely" for so many years, I'm used to figuring out how to make things taste good to me no matter what they are or what foods are denied. In fact, that is one of my great pleasures. I had my cholesterol checked last week, and the results will let me know if I'm truly on the right track with this. Thanks for your great column! I will be checking back regularly to keep in touch with it. Carol
An inspiring story, Carol. Your example gives hope to so many people who are very sick and believe there is little or nothing they can do to turn their health around. There IS something they can do ~ and you did it!
Congratulations on your success!
Hello, Jenny! I'm so happy you enjoy this column! you are very kind!!
You've awakened a vivid recollection of my first taste of vegemite. I was living in London at the time, and a very sweet young elementary school teacher had taken me under her wing. She felt it her responsibility to acquaint me with all things English. So: she served me with a bit of wholemeal toast, buttered, and a generous smear of the "black gold," warning me that this might be an acquired taste. I found it quite wonderful! but then, I liked olives and mushrooms and strong cheese when I was 6. ;-)
Since then, I've had to revise my early enthusiasm. Here are some thoughts from folks wiser than I:
On the old bulletin board, the topic of vegemite arose and petered out several times over the years. Here’s a post from 1999 by Pat, who wondered if the stuff were actually food:
Pat had good points here. Proprietary mineral salts (undisclosed), malt extract (malted (sprouted) "what?" -- extracted how?), 'natural' color 150 (this could be anything), 'vegetable' extract (WHICH vegetable, for Heaven's sake? it makes a difference!) and finally, synthetic vitamins.... well, once you've gone down this path of analysis, vegemite ain't lookin' rosy.
A naturopath and clinical researcher (and wonderful friend), Stephen Eddy, replied to Pat:
Later on, in December of 2000, someone suggested vegemite as a good source of B vitamins. Stephen helpfully replied:
Vegemite is a black yeast that is loaded with salt! I know its no good for A's because it isn't good for any human. They crap on about the B vitamins but there are much better ways to consume B vitamins! Regards, Stephen.
P.S Use Peanut Butter instead. Its a HB for us!"
*LOL*! He was rather firm on the point that this chemically-extracted (do we know which chemicals were used, and if traces remain in the final product??) product designed for saltiness (the cheapest salt available, with no trace minerals) -- ergo, taste sensation -- offers more hindrance than help to the human physiology. *sigh!*
It hurts me to discourage people from their favorite childhood foods, so I will offer this alternative recipe which I hope you will take up for yourself, your aged relatives and your kiddles. Might even fool 'em, who knows? Adjust the proportions as you see fit:
One teaspoon + toasted sesame oil. Stir with fork, and spread! While it is more golden-brown than peaty, it offers a lovely B-punch and is as salty as any vegemite-lover could desire!
Deep in my heart, I believe this is what Dr. Eddy meant when he said, "...there are much better ways to consume B vitamins!" Try it, Jenny, and let me know what you think of it. Type Bs & ABs could use walnut oil instead of sesame; type O nonsecretors could substitute a shot of rich beef broth and a dash of sea salt for the tamari. To all my friends in the UK, NZ and OZ ~
I read 'Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type' a few years ago but receintly ran into a woman who said there is more to that than meets the eye. She told me about secreters and nonsecreters. Where can I get this info. I don't remember it being in the book. Please let me know so I can order the data. Thank you. Jill (RN)
Hi, Jill! Yes, the book is called Live Right 4 Your Type, and it contains detailed food lists and an abundance of great information on stress relief and specific health care. For a quick study on secretors vs. nonsecretors, see our Knowledge Base Secretor/Nonsecretor page. Thanks for asking! :-)
I have been reading information about grapefruit juice that says it's not the best because of the medication reactions. Can you let me know what you think. I have been also reading about soy, and there are mixed options about it's long term benefits. Please let me know what you know. Thank you, Darin
Ask your doctor about which medications react with grapefruit juice. It's not all of them. About soy, I think Peter answered hundreds of questions on the old message boards regarding the anti-soy cabal, but you might want to start with this one from Ask Dr. D'Adamo: Will Soy Rot Your Brain? Great title, eh? Enjoy your reading, and feel free to ask more specific questions if they arise!
I can't find hemp oil or hemp flour in the list of foods. Have they been tested yet for blood type compatibility? I'd like to try baking with the flour I see for sale in the stores now, and I read the oil has good EFA ratios. Thanks! monet
Hello, monet ~ Here is the Ask Dr. D'Adamo page on HEMP. The flour may have fewer of the deleterious effects noted for the oil, but I suspect they will both fall into the same categories once Peter has had the chance to test them specifically. In the meantime they are technically "neutral" (as all unlisted foods are), but do note the caveats in that Ask Dr. D. page!
Where can I obtain a kit to determine my secretor status in Canada? Thanks for your column.Lorraine
Lorraine, I don't yet know if secretor tests can be shipped to Canada or New York State. Drop a note to North American Pharmacal at NAP-Service@worldnet.att.net and ask if the situation has changed. If not, write me again and I'll see what I can do. :-)
In Dr. D'Adamo's book Cook Right 4 Your Type he states that hydrogenated oils may be potentially toxic or carcinogenic. This left me feeling ambiguous as to whether hydrogenated oils are cancerous or not. Why did he use the word "potentially" versus just saying, "these oils are toxic or carcinogenic". Thank you. Aaron
Well, I suppose it is a wording choice based on the fact that they do not precipitate cancer or measurable toxicity on one use, but repeated use will create toxicity in virtually everyone, although only some people will get cancer traceable to the use of hydrogenated oils. There are actually two conditional terms ("may be" and "potentially"), which can be stated as one: hydrogenated oils may increase your bowel toxicity, and they may encourage the growth of cancer in you. Rather a roundabout way of stating the fact that they're not useful or necessary for anyone, and they have a history of doing harm. :-D
Hello, I'm going to graduate with an undergraduate university degree this year. Next year I wish to go to a Naturopathic/complementary health school. I was wondering which ones would be BTD friendly and how did Dr. Dadamo get his education? I live in Canada, so Canadian schools would be preferred. Is there anything especially around Toronto, Quebec or in British Columbia?(I speakk French so language is no problem) However, I would welcome any advice and suggestions you could offer. Thanks, Your column is great, thanks for all the encouragement. Michelle
:-) I'm always so happy to hear from young people pursuing complementary medicine careers!! Peter was graduated from Bastyr University... not far south of the border from BC, so perhaps it would be a possibility for you? Here is their website. Keep in touch! ~;-D
Hello! Thanks for your wonderful information. I cannot find the grading of wheatgrass juice, though might guess that it would be like sprouted wheat. However, I do not want to jump to conclusions, so hope to hear from you. It is a growing alternative vitamin and mineral source in Australia, even being sold over the counter for city folk in $3.00 "shots." Best wishes, Jenny
Wheat grass juice is fine for all types! Here's Peter's column on Wheat Grass! enjoy!_
What about turnip greens? Turnips are listed but not turnip greens. What can you tell me about turnip greens? Don
Hi, Don! Can't tell you much; we have no rating for them, but my suspicion is that they are secretly Beneficial for all types. ;-) Like kale, they taste sweeter if picked just after first frost. Here's a lovely leafy page all about greens, for your reading pleasure!
We have just used the home blood test kits and have found that each of us have different blood types - not suprising for my husband (B positive)and myself (a positive), but also our children. My 13-year old daughter is O positive and my 10-year old son is AB negative. I know that my mother is 0 positive. Is it possible that our blood tests are inaccurate or could you let us know where to get more information about this? Thank you. Valerie
Hi, Valerie! It is absolutely possible that your kids would make up the other two types of your 4-type family!! Here's how it happened. In the following table, Mom's two genes are shown down the left-hand edge, in green. Dad's two genes are shown in purple across the top. The possible blood types of offspring are in the middle, in bold:
You & your husband, as you see, both have a recessive O gene. You two could have kids of any blood type! Sorry you "drew" the other two types rather than A or B, but it certainly makes things interesting, eh? Also, since your Mom was an O, we know your Dad was
either an A or an AB, since you had to get that A gene from him. Your mother had only O genes to contribute, hence you're an AO. I hope this saves you money you might have spent on re-testing... and that it comforts everyone about the mysterious ABO's of those kids! :-D
Hi, I need to know if Taro which is a vegetable can be eaten by O's. I don't find it anywhere on any of the lists. It is kind of like a potato or a sweet potato or a root type vegetable. Thank you Robin
Hi, Robin ~ Use TYPEbase 3® our in-house searchable database of ABO-food compatibility, if you have questions about food status. I'm afraid that particular item is an avoid for Os and AB nonsecretors. For everyone else, it's a neutral.
I am blood type A and I realize I cannot have any dairy products. I am confused because yogurt is neutral. Is there a specific kind of yogurt I can have, or am I able to have yogurt with dairy products in it. genevieve
The yogurt in the type A food lists is cow milk yogurt. The neutral status applies to any yogurt made with any animal's milk. Hope this helps!
Please could you tell me if live yogourt is good for me as I eat a lot of it. My blood type is O but I don't know which secretor I am yet. I cannot find the information anywhere although I have been trying for ages. I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR REPLY/ANSWER GREATLY. Many thanks. Linda
Hello, Linda! I'm sorry to say that yogurt is an avoid for all type Os, whether secretors or nonsecretors. Try other cultured foods, such as cultured vegetables, and take a good probiotic (PolyFlora-O is available on our site). The benefits Os seek through eating yogurt for can easily be duplicated with neutral or beneficial cultured foods, and the detriments of dairy can then be avoided.
Hi! What about these popular green superfood drinks with alfalfa grass, spirulina, chlorella and barley grass, etc. (among other ingredients)? Seems like a good thing, but is it? Thanks, Julie
:-) Yes, at first glance they seem like good things. :-) You didn't mention your blood type, so I can't discuss ingredients or other concerns. Instead, I'll just say that every commercial green drink formulation I've seen contains avoids for at least one type, usually all types. The Harmonia Deluxe product specifically designed for ALL types is the only one I've ever seen that's fine for everyone. It's available in the Store at this site. Another thing in its favor... it tastes wonderful! :-D
That's it for another round of potpourri... keep those lovely messages coming in! thank you, everyone!
We're all indeed individuals. However, bear in mind: it's easy to spot a personal avoid on the Beneficial or Neutral lists if problematic symptoms show themselves. On the other hand, it's impossible to tell if a listed Avoid is actually OK for you, because so many of them give no immediate signals of damage. Peter did specific testing in this regard, to create the "red flags" and Tier II avoids listed for each type in Live Right 4 Your Type
. The instructions on how to interpret this information is here!
im a B is there a
Hello, J! About choosing among avoids, please see the answer to Top's question, above ~ and a column I wrote a while back, linked here! I would add that at most parties, you'd be welcome to bring a dish or a snack that's OK for you. And I promise, we won't put you on a mailing list. Thanks for your Q!
I saw on the news where a new study shows eating right for your blood type can help you lose weight. Like the lady they showed on the study I have also tried every diet their is but I still can not lose weight and kept it off.I have gainned 50lbs in 3 years and I can not get it off...
Tina, it has worked for thousands of people. The latest success rate is around 85-90%, far higher than any other weight loss plan. Your goal would be to start out slowly and work toward 100% "beneficial" foods. As your weight normalizes, your health will bloom as well. Give it a good go, and let me know how you're doing!
I have the book- cookbok for your type. I have the book living for your type. I am unclear and can not find in either, where
How nice to hear from another farm girl!! :-) There is a listing for "popcorn" on page 263 of Live Right 4 Your Type ~ between "millet" and "rice." It's an avoid, I'm sorry to say. All varieties of corn contain the lectin that harms type Bs. As a popcorn substitute, try some puffed rice heated in a heavy pan with a touch of butter and sea salt ~ very tasty, and a satisfyingly popcorn-like crunch!
I am a Type B vegetarian. I participate in weight training and need to increase my protein. What about
They're fine for your type, Kim. In Live Right 4 Your Type's food lists, whey is graded Neutral for secretors, and Beneficial for nonsecretors. Now, make me happy by using only "organic" whey ~~ Note: "organic" is a shorthand term, widely used, which in this case refers to whey from milk from cows not treated with hormones or antibiotics and fed only certified-organic or verifiably-organic feed (no pesticides). ... and 'All That' is why I use the shorthand term, "organic." :-) Hopefully you'll even be able to find whey powder produced from ranged (sometimes called "free-range," in other words, not barn-restricted, cows) -- and best of all, even 100% grassfed cows. It's worth doing an Internet search for the best possible products you can put in your body, and talking to your local supp shoppe/organic grocer if you find a great product they don't carry. :-D
I am a type B and have been told (via my endocrinologist) that I have positive antibodies for
With your immune system in a hyperstimulated mode, the first strategy is to remove all avoid foods from your diet, and to use the type B stress-relief techniques in Live Right 4 Your Type to signal the endocrine system to stand down from "red alert," and take you back to heal/repair mode from the current condition of constant fight-or-flight. Rather than bladderwrack, try the following from the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia: watermelon seed, 300 mg: 1-2 capsules twice per day -- ginger root, 500 mg: 1-2 capsules with meals -- and fenugreek, 500 mg defatted seeds: 1-2 capsules, twice daily -- Deflect-B, two capsules with meals. Since you've just started the diet, you'll be happy to know there are many improvements to look forward to! It's great you're not on medication ~ it's highly likely now that you'll never need it. Keep with your beneficial exercise and foods, and start a good stress-relief program, and keep me posted!!
MAINTAINING WEIGHT LOSS... I AM A 53 YR OLD BLK WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THE B TYPE DIET...I HAVE LOST 26LBS TO DATE...THANK YOU... I follow the beneficials to the tee. I don't have any problems following the B type diet because when I get on the scale it says it all. Holding on!! Maintaining my weight loss... I also do some exercise and yardwork. it is the best thing that ever happened to me. Finally I can eat and lose weight and know what not to eat MEANING THE AVOIDS...no problems, I can stay away from them. I FEEL GOOOD...I KNOW I LOOK BETTER, 26LB DOWN....SO MANY THANKS DR. P D'ADAMO...I LOOK AT THIS WEBSITE EVERDAY TO HEAR OTHER RESULTS TO THIS WONDERFUL WAY OF EATING...THANKS AGAIN... EARLENE
MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP DR. P. D'ADAMO...YOU TOO HEIDI....WE ALL BTD and LOVE IT... Did I tell you I purchased 3 of the books? I keep them close at hand, as it states, to stay on top of what I can and cannot consume ...(SMILE) / BLD TYPE B... EARLENE
Guess that says it all!
It's a joy to hear your success, Earlene! Thank you for taking the time to share it with us. You really made my day. :-D
Greetings, Pam! One of the lovely things about the B diet is that you do benefit from certain red meats, but you need eat them only in small portions and infrequently. The frequency table in Live Right 4 Your Type gives minimums of 2 servings per week for B Asians & Caucasians, up to 4 servings minimum per week for nonsecretors ~ if you are Rh negative you'd add 1 serving to those minimums. These need not be all red meat: the neutral fowl turkey, ostrich and pheasant are incorporated therein as well. Does fish suit you better? Almost all of the commonest fishes are either Beneficial or Neutral for you, and those minimum frequencies run to only 3 or 4 times per week. The alternatives of beans, seeds and nuts for protein are least suited to your type -- the marked sensitivity of Bs to so many of the legume/seed plant lectins would severely limit your choices, and the protein assimilation from these foods in Bs is far from ideal. Yes, they'd keep you alive, but I hope you're more interested in optimal health, and healing of your conditions, than mere survival.
I have to comment upon your ob/gyn's recommendation: it is the classic one-type-fits-all approach. It applies beautifully to nearly 90% of the population (Os and As), but was never fine-tuned to the requirements of ABO-mediated biochemistry. I urge you to study the type B chapters in Live Right 4 Your Type and decide whether the advice your medical practitioners have given you in regard to diet (a discipline in which most of them have received less than 10 hours' of instruction) is based in actual knowledge of what will help YOU, or if it is mere hearsay based upon studies in which your unique makeup was not represented.
The Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail (MFC) is a tablespoon of flax oil, a tablespoon of lecithin, and eight ounces of the fruit juice of your choice, shaken or blended. It works so well for Peter's patients that he noted it in Eat Right 4 Your Type and Live Right 4 Your Type. The best way to see if it helps you is to try it. I suspect you'll notice some pleasant surprises!
Pam, I hope these thoughts will help guide your way a bit. Let me know if you have more questions! :-)
Hey there, Sharon ~ thanks for the big hug! Right back atcha, girl. ~:-D
If 5-HTP works well for you, it may be because you're a nonsecretor. Works wonders for us. You can up it to 150 mg twice daily, and see how your snooze project progresses! Tryptophan is so abundant in turkey (a goodie for Bs) that I'm sure you can supplement it without harm, and probably with excellent results. Don't forget to include a little real turkey now and again... especially homemade turkey soup with its broth, blah blah blah, you know my views on this!! ;->
I fully empathize with your squeamishness over ingesting hormones -- believe me, I've no love of such things. However, Peter recommends the melatonin for type B insomnia, and so I shall as well. You see, this is not forever. Menopause is not a permanent condition! LOL, thank God!! :-D So if you need it, do it, and no worries there.
Here's another tiny tip: add some MethylB12 (available in our online store), first thing when you rise in the morning -- an hour before eating. Try one cap, and slowly up it to three if needed. It helps regulate your cortisol "clock" in the morning, to encourage sound sleep at night.
Where can you purchase "pure" artichoke pasta? My local health food store has artichoke pasta but it is also made with semolina. Thanks so much for you time. Karen
Karen, we used to have a source which I've found is now defunct. I have to say it didn't taste too good, which is probably the reason people stopped buying it and the company then stopped producing it. However, let me put in a plug for the incredibly tasty DeBoles' rice pastas (ingredients: Rice Flour). The problem is, they are not stamped "organic," and that's a real concern in this day and age of genetic insertion of foreign lectins into food plants (GMO food), so it's worth a call to the 800 number on the package to encourage them to use organic rice flour. There are many producers of organic rice pasta, and the products seem to improve constantly. Take a peek around! and sorry, I've no leads on 100% artichoke flour pasta at the moment.
Can the blood type diet help me with high insulin and glucose levels? Apparently I am pre-diabitic. I am 37 and I have A+ blood type. Ella
The type A diet is most certainly the very best thing to do. Take a beginner's yoga class, too. Keep your consumption of grain foods down to once a day or less, and use vegetable glycerine for sweetening. Write back as you progress!
Hi, Heidi, a friend of mine just said potato lectins that make them avoids for Os and As are destroyed if potatoes are deepfried with their skins. She says this info comes from the net, but couldn't be specific where exactly. I searched this site and I couldn't find it. Is the above true as far as you know? .... It was good to read about vanilla, what's the case with cinnamon, please? Love, Rose/Hungary (O nonsec)
Rose, I'm as eager as you to locate the information about potato lectin destruction through frying. I look forward to hearing from your friend about this, as it's nothing I've ever seen or heard of. Cooking a potato, with or without skins, and at whatever heat, has no history of affecting lectin activity whatsoever. Cinnamon (its oil, actually) is avoid due to a lectin which As and ABs have protection from, but Bs and O nonsecretors are subject to. From long years of avoiding it (since BTD) I've come to prefer the flavor of allspice as a substitute! ;-)
May God bless your work and keep his hand over your family. I am interested to know as a type B rh neg kal neg what your thoughs are on black strap molasses. is this good for us or any blood type. Yours faithfully in New Zealand, Chris
Hello, Chris! Thank you for your blessings, I can use them! Blackstrap molasses is Beneficial for everyone except Os and type A nonsecretors (for whom it is Neutral). Remember our TYPEbase3 database is waiting to help with any and all food rating queries! :-D
I am Type 0. I see that I am suppose to avoid oats. I enjoy the Maple-Walnut Granola recipe from the book but it contains rolled oats. Why is that? Thank you, Sandy
The long answer is here, and the short answer is that most Os (secretors, in other words) have no trouble with oats, but nonsecretor Os should avoid them.
I need a good salad dressing for tossed green salads. I am a type A and have yet to give up dressing with vinegar. Any suggestions? cynthia
Try RECIbase® for some ideas. Salad dressing can be made at home in 10 minutes with organic ingredients and a blender, and it tastes and stores better than the storebought kind. Olive oil, lemon juice, fresh garlic, and sea salt is the basic recipe. Here are some recipes suitable for type AB, and which can give you excellent ideas on how to proceed. Cynthia, I like my homemade dressing a whole lot better than anything I've tasted in a restaurant or out of a bottle. I hope you enjoy your dressing experiments as well!
who will get the fishie on the little dishie,
who will get the fishy when the boat comes in?
Kevin, do you live in Kumano? I note that it's a very popular fish in that region, whether steamed, grilled, or in raw and fermented ‘zushi’ preparations with vinagared rice.
Not sure why (perhaps my Irish coastal heritage?), but a fishy query means hours of enjoyment for your host! So if you’d like to slow the flow of Potpourri, or you just want more pretty piscal pictures, haul in those sea-creature mysteries & dump ‘em on my deck! ;-D they are most welcome!!
That's because seltzer inhibits gastrin in type As -- who already produce less of it, and at a slower rate, than other types. Try flat mineral water instead, and minimize water intake around mealtimes to allow your digestive secretions to work undiluted. ;-)
I would like to know if all tomatoes are alike, regardless of color. I always eat yellow tomatoes because of the acid content. Does color have anything to do with the lectins? Thank you Katy
Yep, they all contain the tomato lectin, no matter the color!
I am puzzled as to why aloe vera is forbidden for blood group O and not recommended for the other groups, except possibly A, when, to my knowledge, most of the people who take aloe vera benefit considerably from its medicinal properties. Are the harmful lectins found only in the leaf? Is an aloe vera drink consisting only of the inner gel considered suitable? Kathryn
Here's the original Ask Dr. D'Adamo page on aloe. Since that time, further findings upgraded aloe to beneficial for type A secretors, and neutral for A nonsecretors. For everyone else, it remains an avoid due to the lectin activity in the gel, or pulp, of the plant.
I work for a vitamin company that sells a product with phenylalanine in it to thousands of people - according to my own survey with these people most have blood type A. I read that for blood type A, phenylalanine may cause higher cholesterol levels; would taking phenylalanine also cause weight gain in these people? I have had numerous complaints that people have been putting on weight since starting to take our product. Could it also cause anxiety? Your help is much appreciated. Sandra
Yes, it could certainly cause weight gain, and higher cholesterol. Not sure about anxiety, although it may be a secondary effect. See the Ask Dr. D regarding As & quorn -- phenylalanine inactivates intestinal alkaline phosphatase, thus they will tend to store more fat rather than metabolize it. Of the four ABO types, As tend to have the lowest levels of IAP ~ and they need to avoid substances which reduce it further.
I was wondering after reading the Eat Right For Your Type, if there is anything about desserts in there? Syrup? I am new to this diet and trying to follow it to a "T"! I am Type A. If there is another book that I need to buy, that is fine, just let me know. So far I am feling great, but my sweet tooth is killing me! Any information would be helpful. Thnks Shelly
NOTE ADDED: I originally suggested L-glutamine for cravings -- however, L-glutamine should be avoided by types A and B because it raises cortisol levels. Vegetable glycerine is a fabulous replacement for sugar and actually helps stabilize sugar metabolism! Try it in your modified-for-A dessert recipes! And see our RECIbase® pages for some custom-made dessert ideas. :-)
I am new to the BTD diet, 2 weeks. I would like to know what you think about Clif Bars. I am type A and I noticed that the ingredients fall within the type A guidlines. I am on a busy schedule and usually do not have the luxury of eating the right foods. I have been snacking between meals on peanut butter Clif Bars. Dion
Over a year ago, I brought home a variety of supp shoppe snack bars for an informal look-see and taste test. The Clif bars rated better than average on the ingredient list, and several of their varieties are avoid-free for type A secretors. However, my type A nonsecretor man and I (O nonsecretor) agreed that they contain way too much sugar for our taste. We both also felt sugar-shocked from just a few bites. In my opinion, the protein-fat-carb balance and ingredient quality of Peter's bars are far superior to anything else I've seen on the shelves. Try some and see if the reduced sweetness and higher protein factor might work for you! Note: at this time, the bars are being reformulated, so we'll see the new & improved ones early next year. For now, you might keep a bag of trail mix with you: throw in some peanuts, pumpkin seeds, or walnuts, organic chocolate chips (Sunspire® makes them), dried apricot, blueberries, cranberries or cherries, maybe some crisped rice, etc. to your taste.
Many thanks for the Qs, tips, and shared wisdom from all our readers!
Welcome to the BTD, Pam! I do envy you one-type households! :-)
1. Avocadoes are an avoid for type O secretors due to a lectin.
2. Ginseng, gingko and St. John's Wort are popular herbs which work far better for types A and AB than they do for Os. If you're using them for their anti-aging, cognitive enhancement and mood stablization properties, may I suggest the potent adaptogen Rhodiola Rosea (Russian Rhodiola, or Arctic Root), supplementary thiamine hydrochloride (vitamin B1) and L-tyrosine instead? St. John's Wort in particular isn't recommended for Os ~ it is an MAO inhibitor, and we have the lowest levels of MAO of all the blood types to begin with. Your husband may also benefit from a supp called 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), especially if he is a nonsecretor. In the Store on this site, you can purchase Catechol, which is ideal for mood elevation in type Os, and contains several of the separate compounds noted above. I have to put in my classic plug for strenuous exercise here: it's unmatched for balancing type O mood swings, and is fully 50% of our health plan for very good reason. Those workouts not only build muscle, melt fat and pep up our digestion ~ they boost functioning of every organ system, including the endocrine (stress relief) and neurosystem (for that happy brain). end of lecture! now grab yer sneaks & GO! :-D
3. The main reason why pickles are a no-no is that cucumbers are an O avoid (one of the changes in the food lists since BTD). Check the TYPEbase 3® online database (also linked on our homepage) for food changes... and keep an eye on the Updates Page for any future additions or modifications.
4. Hominy/grits is a corn product ~ nix on that one! :-}
5. Cilantro is listed as "coriander" in your book (separately in Live Right 4 Your Type), and is neutral for nearly everyone (beneficial for A nonsecretors).
Once you and your husband have adjusted to your new diet and activities, I doubt you'll miss those old avoids much. There's plenty of great food on our Beneficial and Neutral lists, so the key (here, as in so many things) is to form new habits to crowd out the ones we formed before. Drop me a line on how it's going for you two ~~ and thanks for writing, Pamela!!
Dear Pam ~ Thank you for writing to me, and I hope I can be of some little help to you. Infantile Blount's disease (infantile tibia vara) is a condition that NOTHING in your diet during pregnancy or nursing could POSSIBLY have had ANYTHING to do with! I want to emphasize that you could not have done anything differently that would have precluded your daughter's condition. You are NOT AT FAULT in any way. You have done the absolute best things for her, and for yourself. This is most likely a genetic disease, for which no test is possible until the baby is born and shows symptoms.
An interesting note in regard to your concern: http://www3.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/htbin-post/Omim/dispmim?259200.cs
-- indicates that this is an inherited disease (autosomal recessive), not multifactoral -- in other words, NOT a condition which your choice of food or exercise could have played any part in. These heart-wrenching things can happen with children -- it's part of what we risk in having them! -- and the parent's foremost responsibility and concern now is to realise that NOW is the only time that matters. NOW is when you can do the best thing for your child. :-)
I've been reading about Blount's for months now, hoping to find an alternative/complementary medical strategy to alleviate it. The good news is, now that your daughter is 24 months old, this is an excellent time for the first interventions.
Following are the references I found useful in understanding this condition and the best approaches to resolve it.
-- a simple explanation from an Illinois Pediatric Institute
-- specifics from a pediatrics site in hawaii:
"Blount's Disease is a major cause of angular
deformation in children. It is also called infantile tibia
vara and results from some problem with the growth of
the posteriomedial aspect of the tibial physis.
Physiologic bowing usually has resolved by age 3, but
Blount's disease advances to more severe angulation.
Bracing is needed for those children between 14 and 30
months if the metaphyseal-diaphyseal angle is 9 to 16
degrees and the knee is unstable when walking."
-- 5 minute consultations (http://www.bayviewortho.com/Referrals/Consultant/5minconsult.html#Blounts Disease) says:
"Blounts Disease -- by Jennifer Lindsey
Description: Abnormality of the proximal tibial growth plate causing excessive varus alignment of the knees (bowed legs) in children.
Appropriate Care: Children presenting under 3 yrs of age with minimal deformity can undergo a trial of bracing. This should be a long brace from hip to ankle locked at knee. Most orthoapedists recommend this be worn day and night. If bracing fails to correct the deformity, or if the patient presents with moderate - severe deformity and age over 3 yrs, a realignment procedure is needed."
-- According to http://www.healthchecksystems.com/tchild.htm, primarily concerned with body composition (fat/muscle) in children,
"In a study of Blount's disease (severe bowing of the legs) approximately 80% of patients were obese."
I wish they'd provided the study.
-- a technical orthopedic site: http://gait.aidi.udel.edu/res695/homepage/pd_ortho/educate/clincase/blount.htm
-- Surgery after a certain age is not completely effective:
-- Here are some very recent surgical recommendations/results based upon Langenskiöld's procedures (this is highly technical -- take it to your orthopedic pediatrician):
-- More recommendations and specific advice from http://www.pediatric-orthopedics.com/Topics/Bow_Legs/bow_legs.html boils down to:
-- bracing ASAP is indicated, along with carefully targeted xrays of the entire hip/leg/ankle/foot. 24 months is an ideal time to do so, in order to avoid surgery.
-- From the highly technical "limblengthening news" site (more stuff to cut & paste for your orthopedic pediatrician):
"While there is a general consensus that correction of the varus deformity in Blount's disease is desirable, there have been many methods advocated. These include open or percutaneous osteotomy in the metaphysis of the proximal tibia, opening or closing wedge correction, acute or gradual correction, stabilization with internal or external fixation, and opening wedge correction through the proximal tibia physeal area. The use of a percutaneous osteotomy in the metaphysis and gradual correction of a large deformity with an external fixator has many advantages. The osteotomy is minimally invasive and does not require extensive soft-tissue stripping, improving the bony healing potential. Complications of osteomyelitis, wound dehiscence, and large keloid scar formation should be less likely. Benefits of the use of external fixation as the method of stabilization are that it allows increased weight bearing and lateral translation of the distal fragment along with the angular correction. Another benefit is the feature of postoperative adjustability after a standing hip to ankle radiograph is obtained and the mechanical axis analysis is performed. The use of a gradual correction may decrease the likelihood of neurovascular insult and compartment syndrome particularly in a patient with a massive deformity as in the current report. Gradual correction should be relatively safe in a Blount's disease patient with a massive varus deformity along with procurvatum and internal tibial torsion. Another advantage of gradual correction with a frame is the possibility for limb lengthening if needed to correct length discrepancy. Opening wedge correction prevents further shortening and loss of bone stock."
Now, what I think is this:
In terms of diet, give her plenty of homemade chicken or turkey soup/bone broth and steam & chop or blend into it some dark greens like kale or collards. Include Phytocal-A in some soft food (open the capsule and mix it in). Use powdered seaweed in her food instead of salt. Give her mineral water (you know my penchant for Gerolsteiner -- buy the fizzy variety if necessary, just shake it/open it/shake it/open it... let it go flat). Let her have little slurps of walnut butter, almond butter. Make fruit smoothies with them if you like. Cook beneficial beans for her, and include steamed, mashed okra for those great polysaccharides and minerals.
In terms of medical treatment, get braces for her legs right away. I know this idea makes you weep, but she is exactly at the right age to benefit from this method. This means alone can save her from the more invasive methods of internal/external frame support correction or surgery.
Pam, my prayers are with you and your little girl. Please keep me posted on what you're doing and how she is responding. If you ever catch yourself blaming yourself for her path, just imagine me standing there shaking my finger at you and saying, WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT THAT?? Obstacles create warriors, my dear -- adult and child. Blessings, and keep me up to date!
Hi, Stojan! Your English is lovely, and 10000% better than my Greek. :-)
It is impossible to tell you what your personal risk is of developing MS -- if only 50-70% of people with optic neuritis later show MS symptoms, then you can very easily be one of the 20-50% who will not. Let's focus on how to maximize your health and your odds! I'll bet very, very few of those 20-50% are following the D'Adamo plans, so your odds are already better than most!!
There is no ABO blood group immune to developing MS. Although Type B is the commonest blood group among MS patients, all others are represented, too. According to a 1975 study by S. Papiha and D. Roberts published in Clinical Genetics, group O individuals were the most likely to show serum type Pp2 (low alkaline phosphatase) among a statistical sampling of people with MS. That gives us a clue that eating red meat in accordance with your diet is one simple approach to reduce your chances of developing MS. Eating meat stimulates the production of intestinal alkaline phosphatase, and a wheat/grain-based diet discourages IAP. Eat accordingly, OK?
There is some evidence that getting the Hepatitis B vaccine is a risk factor for developing active MS. If you have received this vaccine, it is not a death sentence; it is good information to have, and which should encourage you to stick to your type O plan, including diet, exercise!! (including a thorough stretching routine), and stress relief.
I would like to recommend the following to you for further information and support: the books Live Right 4 Your Type, the Complete BTD Blood Type Encyclopedia (which lists specific protocols for MS which you can follow now as preventatives), and Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, available in English through online bookstores (like www.amazon.com); and finally, the Rocky Mountain MS Center website, which maintains knowledge bases of complementary medical approaches to treating conditions such as optic neuritis.
I wish you the very best of health, Stojan, and I look forward to hearing from you again!
I am a nurse, diabetic and over weight. A friend recently told me about this diet plan and I went over the type B material yesterday. My question is in regard to the comment there is a wide variety of breads and muffins to chose from. If I am to avoid wheat, where do I find the wide variety? It would seem it would all be made with wheat. Thank you. Mary
Ask your health food store manager, or use a good search engine like alltheweb.com to find breads available by mail. Because of concerned consumer involvement, breads are not all made with wheat anymore. As you are overweight and diabetic, it would aid your healing if you avoided all refined sugar and grain, to the best of your ability. A little brown rice, and sprouted grain bread (like Ezekiel or essene bread -- look at the Food for Life site, or www.naturespath.com, for example) would be the safest choices, but try to limit yourself to no more than one serving 5 times per week. Artisan Breads is a great source for BTD-compliant grain products, if you live in the UK. Good luck, Mary!
Subject: Tomatillas - I am type A and looking for an alternative to tomatoe sauce. You don't have it listed, but do tomatillo's have the same lectin issues with a type A or B person as tomatoes do? I know that this sounds like an obvious question, but sometimes these slightly different vegetables behave differently as with the example of onions and shallots. Your answer to this question would be of enormous help to my meal planning. Thank you so much. Eileen
Hello, Eileen ~ we have no rating for tomatillos. It is a member of the nightshade family, like tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant... so I suspect tomatillos would be fine for types O and AB, but avoid for type A and B secretors (and neutral for A and B nonsecretors). That's my best recommendation based on the patterns of food types in the lists. :-} hope it's helpful!
I have most if not all the books--but two of them conflict. About Pinto beans, the smaller more recent publication says they should be avoided, the larger hardback, says they are benefical I am type 0 negative, 50 year old woman, high estrogen, low thyroid, low energy, needing to slim down and can't. Are pinto beans-an avoid or not? Also the book mentions bladderwrack to assist in losing weight. How much? If I eat watermelon it is an immediate weightgain that doesn't go away. Same with pinto beans-any idea why? Thanks for the assistance. Jan
The more recent publications have the updated food lists. Also, we maintain a change log for more recent developments. For weight loss, 200 mg of bladderwrack taken twice or thrice daily with meals is the recommended dosage. Jan, it appears you'd be better off without watermelon for the time being, as you react to it as you do to pinto beans (which are one of the few foods which upon re-testing have been moved from Beneficial to Avoid). Your system may not be processing wholefood sugars and electrolytes properly -- drink a glass of good mineral water daily (my favorite is Gerolsteiner) and use gray sea salt instead of white iodized salt on your food (low-salt diets are not the way to go). Exercise DEFINITELY belongs at the top of your health-building list, to increase your energy and balance your endocrine function as well as boost your metabolism. Next summer, I promise you'll eat that watermelon with a smile on your face! :-)
I emailed Doc Bron about a week ago and still have not heard back. This is an urgent matter. My fiance is a Blood Type O+ and he is under a lot of stress. Currently he has been losing his hair rapidly, losing weight and not sleeping well. I asked Doc Bron what he recommended for him for this, but still have not heard back. My fiance lives in Guatemala. I'm trying to get this information as soon as possible for him to buy the necessary vitamins, herbs, etc... in order for me to send it to him. Also, for how long would he need to be on this regimen/therapy and after he's done, should he still be following this but only to maintain? Would you be able to help me with this, Please? Beatrice
Hi, Beatrice ~ it's one of the legal facts of life that any doctor who prescribes to an individual without examining that individual can have his license pulled. I'm sure Doc Bron would love to help, but he couldn't do as you asked without breaking the law. :-( Since I know so little about your fiancé and his diet & daily routine, the best thing I could advise you to do is send him two books: Live Right 4 Your Type, and the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, both available in the store on this site and at bookstores on- and off-line. If I can help further, please write back with more specifics -- thanks, dear, and good health to you both!
Once again, thanks to everyone! ~:-D
I am 51 yr ol obese, purchased live right and cook right books and are trying to follow them for weight loss and for better health. I am 4-11 and weigh 180. I have lupus, fibromyalgia, hypothyroisism, buldgeing disc in my back with degeneration also. I have arthritis in my hips, and legs. I am in lots of pain and on the fentanyl patches since thursday for control. I am following the diet as close as I can, and am staying mostly in the beneficial areas of foods. I also gave up diet cokes(from 40 yrs habit!!) cold turkey and drink green tea now with stevia. I manage my mother's health food store, but is is small and I have to purchase most of my foods in the nearest town. I love the breads and am not even craving meats at all. I just need some input as to possible weight loss I may expect if following carefully and I am type A. Thanks for your thoughts on this matter as soon as possible. Annie
Wow! Great job on quitting the diet cokes!! pretty impressive! :-) Just chucked 'em, huh? Whatta gal!!
My chiropractor, who just celebrated his 50th anniversary in practice, always says that the best thing for the back is to be slender. Be careful with that back, and let's just get your weight normalized to begin with. There are exercises, simple-brief-easy and safe, which you can start now if your doctor approves. They can be found at the Royal Canadian Air Force 5BX site. Using the lowest level (Chart One, D-)for two weeks will begin to strengthen the muscles that support your spine, as well as give you more mobility in your legs and back. Look at the site and make notes, talk to your doctor, and start slowly. At first, you may not be able to really perform any of the movements. That's fine! Lots of folks start that way! just make "gestures" at them and work slowly along from day to day.
Next: Chicken Soup. Yep. Secret miracle remedy! :-) You think I'm kidding, don't you! Read on: get a 3 or 4 pound organic chicken. Quarter an onion, and put it in the bottom of a roasting pan along with enough whole carrots & celery stalks to make a kind of rack along the bottom. Toss in 4 or 5 cloves of garlic. Drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil over it, add 2 cups of water, and put the chicken (rubbed with olive oil and sea salt, inside and out) on top. Roast at 375 F for a couple of hours (baste if you like), until the skin is crisp and the leg & wing joints loosen. Take it out, let it sit and settle for 15 minutes after it's done, then carve the meat off the bones. Now, dump all the bones and everything left in the roasting pan into a pot big enough to hold twice that volume. Cover it with water, 3" above the solid contents. Bring it to a boil, then simmer it for 3-4 hours. Add a squeeze of lemon, and simmer one more hour. The bones will crumble at the pinch of two fingers when you drain the broth. Toss the bones, veg, whatever doesn't go through the colander. You are now in possession of the finest elixir known to man for the repair of cartilage, skin-hair-bone health, and soluble beneficial proteins for general healing of your system.
Here's how you take it: warm it up like tea (not quite boiling, although that won't hurt it - but it might burn your mouth!), pour it in your cup and add a tablespoon of very fresh flax oil, a sprinkle of turmeric, garlic powder, and parsley. This is powerful medicine.
You can make a broth of fish bones the same way, if you buy whole fish which you steam or bake, then toss the bones into a plastic bag for the freezer. Eventually you'll have half a pound or so, and you can boil them for broth in the same way with a bunch of fresh parsley and a carrot & celery stalk added.
Next: have a smoothie in the morning, made of two tablespoons freshly-ground flax meal from the seed (just keep a bag in the fridge), a tablespoon of fish oil, and your favorite fruit (pineapple, plum, berries, mix it up however you'd like) a tablespoon of beneficial nut or seed butter and a few ice cubes. Thin it with spring or mineral water if desired.
Make some salad dressing in your blender, including a whole scoop of nutritional yeast (KAL is tops), a cup of olive oil, juice of a lemon (more or less, to taste), some toasted sesame oil, sea salt. This can top your raw salads and steamed vegetables, and tastes absolutely wonderful.
Because of the lupus and fibro, I want you to use only the 100% sprouted breads until the pain is gone and you no longer need the patches.
Annie, since you work in a health food store you're in the best possible position to get any books or supplements you need. May I recommend Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa? I have been using his Medical Meditations for several months now, and the effect is awesome. You can perform them in just 10 minutes per day. His success with pain relief and healing what mainstream medicine calls "intractable" conditions is stupendous. In fact, he has another book specifically targeted for pain patients, called The Pain Cure.
I suggest these books because the techniques described are absolutely paramount in healing -- perhaps for type As most of all -- and used with their equally powerful nutritional/lifestyle guide, Live Right, they will afford a restorative and enlivening experience for you that no medicine of any kind can hope to approach.
Your weight loss will proceed in the best manner, as your body decides as it heals. I cannot tell you how quickly it will go, but the optimum (and expected) rate would be perhaps 3-5 pounds per week at first (perhaps the first 2-3 weeks), and one to two pounds per week for a month or two, then less as you approach your ideal weight. You may experience fluctuations and plateaus, since your thyroid function is low at this time. Keep strictly to your program, and hold in mind that this plan will see you through to serenity, strength and robust good health in body and mind.
Best of luck to you, dear! Please let me know how you are doing!!
Marina, you are doing exactly the right thing. O's don't benefit much, if at all, from the calcium in dairy, anyway. Our systems resist it immunologically, and the assimilation levels are typically extremely low compared to our type B and AB sisters. The Phytocal-O available on our site is an excellent supplement, with proven high absorption. Also, there is a list of foods high in calcium in Peter's Calcium From Almonds page. Greens, tahini, almonds, blackstrap molasses, etc.... lots of great food sources for you!
Other basic tips: don't use the fish bass, bluefish, carp, flounder, grouper, halibut, mahi mahi, shark, swordfish, tilapia, tuna or whitefish. They are at risk either for mercury levels to which the fetus could be sensitive, or environmental contamination -- again, to which a growing fetus may react. Also, avoid borage herb or oil, flaxseed or flax oil, soy in any form, parsley, cayenne pepper, fennel, chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, fenugreek, licorice, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, chamomile, catnip, Dong Quai, licorice root, raspberry leaf, vervain, and yarrow in all forms. No green tea for you, and severely limit or eliminate alcoholic beverages of all kinds including red wine. This is for safety's sake in the first trimester and will change in some respects as your child nears birth, so let us know where you are in your pregnancy!
The usual beneficial and neutral foods are perfectly fine for you, with the changes noted above. Get your lean red meat early and often, and lots of folic acid from greens and nutritional yeast; eat well and add little snacks, but not beyond the "fullness" feeling; have some good mineral water and homemade broth as often as you can; and exercise "where you are:" do not give it up from laziness, yet do not push yourself beyond comfort. :-) You'll enjoy your pregnancy and be in great health when delivery time comes!!
thanks for your note, dear. I'm all excited to hear how you come along!!!
Interesting article on the power of lectins. Datura is familiar to readers of Carlos Castaneda's 'novels' as one of Don Juan's "helper plants." Our friend Ryan Darius Partovi sent this to me, and suggested the word "lectin" be substituted for the word "protein" throughout. Fascinating reading.... thanks, Ryan!
Health - Reuters
Smelly Plant Could Offer Brain Cancer Treatment
Tue Oct 1, 1:51 PM ET
LONDON (Reuters Health) - A protein from a highly poisonous, foul-smelling plant known as jimson weed could one day be used to help fight a type of brain cancer called glioma, Japanese researchers reported on Tuesday.
The protein, Datura stramonium agglutinin, or DSA, caused glioma cells with cancerous characteristics to begin developing normally, or differentiating, in lab studies, they report in the British Journal of Cancer for October.
The differentiation DSA induced was irreversible, being sustained once the protein was removed, the researchers report.
"DSA controls glioma cells as a result of glial differentiation rather than actually killing cells," said lead researcher Dr. Tasuku Sasaki, from the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology. "Any drug based on this concept would help patients suffering with tumors that are difficult to remove such as gliomas."
Glioma cells were also inhibited from growing and dividing out of control, or proliferating, by the presence of DSA, Sasaki's team reports.
"Taken together, these observations suggest that Datura stramonium agglutinin may be useful as a new therapy for treating glioma without side effects," they write.
Professor John Double, head of the Cancer Research UK Unit at Bradford University, said the discovery was exciting, but extremely preliminary.
"More needs to be done before we have enough evidence to commit to trials. Potential treatment, based on DSA, for this form of brain cancer is still a long way off."
Cancer Research UK's chief executive, Sir Paul Nurse, agreed, noting "there is much work to be done on the journey from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside."
SOURCE: British Journal of Cancer 2002;87:918-923.
Dear madam, I am a 28 year old woman from India (south india),my blood group is o+ and recently i got a copy of Dr.Dadamo's book Eat right 4 your type and i have started following the diet since last 4 days. Normally south indian dishes use a lot of coconut,for my blood type should i completely avoid coconut or can i use it sparingly. For breakfast normally we have rice preparations made from rice flour, i normally have 'Idli',i don't know if you've heared of it, it's made from soaking rice,urad dal (a sort of lentil )&a bit of fenugreek seeds,and make into a somewhat loose batter and steam the batter into small round shape idli's,can i have this for breakfast? Also my height is 5 feet 3 and weight -55 kilo , i don't want to lose weight. Since last 4-5 years my hair has started greying and it falls a lot, it started greying after i was hospitalised for a week (my toe got cut by a new foot wear and i went out in the rain and my leg got infected the next day,it was all swollen up and i got fever as well, in the hospital i took antibiotic injections and tablets and also i went through a lot of stress in my personal life some time back). Also i'm allergic to dust and in between i used to get cold, but now i don't get cold that is after changing our residence and avoiding all the clutter, but i have problem of spelgm when i wake up in the morning. I never used to eat beef or mutton,but just chicken & fish,now i'll include those in my diet. Awaiting eagerly for a reply from your side. sunita
Hello, sunita ~ and welcome!
I hope you are feeling recovered from your infection and allergies! It sounds as if you would benefit greatly from red meat and more green vegetables in your diet, to help fight infection and stimulate healthy hair growth.
Lentils and coconut are generally not recommended for Os. Nonsecretor Os can have lentils and coconut oil, but coconut is an avoid for nearly everyone. I feel rather shy discussing these things, since they are such common elements in your traditional cuisine. Dal is eaten with every main meal, no? And coconuts are a staple, for both their meat and milk. If it is possible to substitute other beans for the lentils in some dishes, and use less coconut & coconut milk, I think you will have less phlegm upon awakening. Exercise and adequate protein and fat (ghee) will help control your weight by developing muscle and supporting healthy connective tissue.
If you can tell me more about what kinds of food and herbs are available to you there, I'll try to give more specifics for you.
Again, I hope you are doing well ~ please write again! Thank you!
Heidi, Greatly enjoy your column. I'm an American living in France, and have been following the O type diet (though not strictly) for several years. I have the BTD book, but next time in the USA, I'll buy one of the newer ones with updates. If I only get one, which is the best to get to have current info on foods and supplements? I'm not really interested in theory, as I have no qualms accepting it. And can I buy it at a book store, or only order it from NAP? Until I get it, I have a small potpourri of questions that I hope you can help me with. First, is MSM okay for type O? How about GSE, and does it contribute to an ongoing problem with acidity? Is Colloidal Silver really an effective anti-biotic, and is it safe to take it instead of a Doctor prescribed anti-biotic? And, if so, is it okay for O's?? Second, I take Armour Thyroid, which is made from pig's thyroid glands, I think. Being from a pig, is it a problem for O types? Third, sheep and goat yogurt are common in France. ER4YT says to avoid all yogurt varieties for type O, but don't know if it really refers to yogurts from animals other than cows. What about this? Lastly, I always steam my vegetables in the microwave, but recently read on a website that microwaves destroy vitamins in all foods. Is this true? I hope not, as it is a life saver, but guess I should know if I am ruining all my great "beneficial" veggies! Thanks for your advice, and keep it up! ~Abby~
Hello, Abby! The books are all available in major bookstore chains, as well as many smaller shops, health food stores... I've even seen them in pharmacies. I'd say it's a choice between the Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia and Live Right 4 Your Type. The Encyclopedia has far more supplement information, is primarily prescriptive, and contains a current food list. Live Right has a wealth of health-building strategies, along with detailed food lists. See the updates page for changes made since publication.
Over the years we've seen that MSM is unlikely to be of harm to anyone. :-) May I suggest the msm-msm.com website: ~lowest prices for highest purity!
Grapefruit seed extract can be very helpful in anti-candida protocols, and shouldn't give you any acidic symptoms.
Instead of colloidal silver, I've found a less hazardous and far more effective product: Heallix, composed of ionized silver and fulvic acid. Read all about it on Leo's site. He and his product are very fine indeed. I and friends use Heallix occasionally for everything from a cut or scrape to impending cold or more serious health concerns. It appears to work for everyone with nary a side effect, and rather miraculously in our experience. See what you think!
Armour Thyroid is unlikely to contain any of the galectin we seek to avoid by eschewing pig meat. Besides, it is used only in therapeutic situations. The alternative (Synthroid) is no better, and probably worse. If you still have your thyroid, I hope the diet (including plenty of seaweeds, and some supplements if necessary) may reduce your need for the Armour ~ but in the meantime, don't worry about the "pork" aspect! :-)
Ha! I was waiting for a dairy question. After all, you live in FRANCE! I expected "cheese," but yogurt fills the bill. (I can tell you that if I lived in France, the question would be ALL about cheeses!! ) I have no authoritative data on sheep vs cow yogurt OR cheese, but you can test it on yourself and will probably get a quick answer right there at home. Try some regular cow yogurt, and see if you experience some sniffling, sneezing or coughing. I predict you will clear your throat a fair bit, or have a runny nose, within half an hour. If you can pinpoint clear symptoms, that's great! Round two is, next day, try some sheep yogurt. Next day, the goat yogurt. And post me a full report! :-D
Well, just recently I read somewhere on the Minnesota Wellness Directory pages that microwaving garlic for as little as one minute destroys its cholesterol-lowering properties. Whoo! I've no way of testing this assertion, but I've taken to warming things in the toaster/broiler instead these days. Peter has said it's best not to cook things in the MW, but warming-up isn't going to turn us into Venusians or anything. See if you can adapt your steaming technique to a stovetop pot or oven routine. And don't let yourself be alarmed by all the health scares and Powerful Advice on the Internet (including from me!!) to the point you give up on your veg and start eating Bigue Macques or anything. ~~;-D
With all the gorgeous fresh, organic and wild food available in the bounty of France, I'm sure your regimen will accomplish your health goals in record time. Enjoy the abundance, and eat a little fresh herbed chèvre for me, OK?
Thanks for writing, dear!